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Fairlawn Ohio Planning Commission Approves $11 Million Project
for New 107-room Marriott Residence Inn

By Marilyn Miller, The Akron Beacon Journal, OhioMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News

June 21, 2011--FAIRLAWN -- Construction will begin this fall on a Marriott Residence Inn Hotel in the Montrose area.

The $11 million project is expected to be completed in 12 months.

The hotel will be built on a four-acre site at 4080 Embassy Parkway. The property was annexed from Bath Township in 1995 and zoned for a hotel.

The project received final approval from the Fairlawn Planning Commission. City officials wanted a high-end hotel built there rather than a low-budget hotel that they said might attract crime.

The new extended-stay hotel will be near state Route 18 and Interstate 77 and will be within walking distance of the Crystal Clinic and Akron General Wellness Center.

"Mariott is a great brand name, it's a good location and we are using a brand-new prototype guest room package that is state of the art," said Scott Yaeger, president of Radius Hospitality, the company that owns the property.

There will be three signs, one facing I-77, one facing Route 18 and the other at the end of Embassy Parkway.

It will be the only Residence Inn within 30 miles of the Akron/Fairlawn area.

Hotel plans call for a four-story building with 107 rooms, with a mix of 76 studio suites, 18 one-bedroom suites, six two-bedroom suites and seven ADA-accessible suites. Each room will have full kitchens, a 37-inch flat-screen high-definition television, a desk and luxury bedding.

Other amenities will include an exercise facility, indoor pool and whirlpool, a business center, wireless Internet throughout the property, complimentary breakfast, a grocery shopping service and a guest laundry.

Yaeger said the company started looking into the franchise when the old Residence Inn on the hill on Montrose West Avenue went up for sale.

"We made a call when the Residence Inn there closed last February," Yaeger said.

The Residence Inn was purchased by another hotel chain.

Radius Hospitality, is headquartered in Canton. It is made up of four partners.

The investors own eight hotels located in Ohio, Illinois and New Jersey.

Also building in Fairlawn is Kids Country Educational Child Care center.

The new center will be at 2955 Smith Road, around the corner from the current location at 387 Ghent Road. Operators Rick and Christine Burkholder of Hartville have been leasing their building.

The Ghent Road facility is part of the Sterling Complex. The 15-year lease there is expiring next year.

The Burkholders have hired DCS Building Corp. as the builder. Owner Donald Shultz said construction is expected to get under way within four to six weeks and be completed in early spring.

This will be the couple's sixth day-care center. There also are Kids Country facilities in Green, Hartville, Medina, Stow and Solon.

Marilyn Miller can be reached at 330-996-3098 or


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